My question to all is - are regional parties that represent specific groups capable of taking care of national interests ? This includes parties such as Telugu Desam Party , Dravidian parties, Samajwadi Party (socialist in name but mainly has support of Yadavs and Muslims of Uttar Pradesh and not even of other states such as Muslims of Kerala for example), IUML (Muslims of Kerala), Trinamool Congress (revolves around Mamata Banerji), RJD , JD(S), JD(U), etc. When Lalu Prasad was Railways Minister all new trains led to Bihar and Patna, similarly when Mamata Banerji was Railways Minister disproportionate number of railway projects were announced for Bengal. Parties that have a support base spread across more states will be forced to take care of their interests in different states in a more balanced manner. With the spectre of Third Front, Fourth Front, Federal Front etc looming ahead in 2014 should we have a ban on regional parties standing for national elections ? Can anyone imagine a Lalu Prasad or Mulayam Singh as Prime Minister and Raju Bhaiya as Defence Minister .... [This was not meant in any way to be a slight on any region or state] Could we have a system by which say main parties such as Congress, BJP and Communists are allowed to contest in Lok sabha elections as well as any other parties that have a national presence and do not represent particular caste/religion/linguistic groups.